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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Greek Mythology Of or ascribed to Orpheus: the Orphic poems; Orphic mysteries.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the dogmas, mysteries, and philosophical principles set forth in the poems ascribed to Orpheus.
  • adj. Capable of casting a charm or spell; entrancing.
  • adj. Mystic or occult.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Orphism.
  • adj. Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to Orpheus; Orphean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining or relating to Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician of ancient Greece, who had the power of charming all animate and inanimate objects with his sweet lyre, descended living into Hades to bring back to life his wife Eurydice, and perished, torn to pieces by infuriated Thracian mænads; Orphean: as, the Orphic poems.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
  • adj. ascribed to Orpheus or characteristic of ideas in works ascribed to Orpheus

Etymologies

Greek Orphikos, from Orpheus, Orpheus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the name 'Orpheus', a character in Greek mythology, a great musician who went to Hades to get his wife Eurydice back after she died, but he failed. (Wiktionary)

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